MEGA GALLERY: Fishing comp action

The Eden Amateur Fishing Club has given away its largest ever prize pool as part of the annual March fishing competition, with hundreds turning out at Quarantine Bay for the draw and presentations.

A raffle, auction and free sausage sizzle lunch kept the large crowd entertained on Saturday, as they waited anxiously to see who would take home the main attraction, a Quintrex 420 Renegade boat valued at $15,490.

Melbourne visitor and long-time competitor Mick Loebert was the lucky winner, taking home the major prize after journeying up for around 20 years in a row.

This year’s competition saw the highest participation numbers in 22 years, with a total of 856 entrants across all sections.

Most encouraging for club president Bob Wilcox was the number of children casting out a line, with 73 boys and 44 girls enrolling for 2014.

Mr Wilcox believes the future of the club is in good hands, and says the competition is a great advertisement for the town.

“It certainly is good for the future of the club, and it’s good to see their little faces when they come up here with a fish that they think might win them a prize,” he said.

“We had well over 100 kids enter this year, which puts us in a good position for the future.

“The competition was originally put together by the Chamber of Commerce to bring people into Eden at a time when it was a bit quiet, and it’s been successful in doing that over the years.”

“People who have never been here before remark about how wonderful Eden is, and they’re keen to come back.

“We’ve already got a number of people booked to come back next year, and this is certainly the best year we’ve had in my time as president.”

Mr Wilcox said the club intended to start work on its sponsorship drive early this year, with the aim of putting on a bigger and better event in 2015.

He was also amazed by some of this year’s prized catches, which included two whoppers that tipped the scales at 120kg.

“We’d like to think we’ll be able to increase the value of our prizes next year,” Mr Wilcox said.

“It was a good financial result for us this year, and it puts us in a good position for next year.

“Fishing has been a bit patchy lately, but there’s always some good fish caught.

“The idea of the whole thing is not to catch a lot of fish, it’s just to get the big one and be standing up here on the podium at the end of the week.”

Former Navy sailor Bill Paulet (left) and Shaun Banv Zweitz (centre) prepare to join their veteran skipper, Cyril Connell, for another crack at the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition. Cyril was made a life member of the club in 2000.

Former Navy sailor Bill Paulet (left) and Shaun Banv Zweitz (centre) prepare to join their veteran skipper, Cyril Connell, for another crack at the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition. Cyril was made a life member of the club in 2000.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club meet and greet event.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club meet and greet event.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

Maritime safety officer Richard Hanly was on deck to promote boating safety.

Maritime safety officer Richard Hanly was on deck to promote boating safety.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

Two of Eden’s most willing volunteers, Neville Cowgill (left) and Jenny Drenkhahn, proudly representing Marine Rescue.

Two of Eden’s most willing volunteers, Neville Cowgill (left) and Jenny Drenkhahn, proudly representing Marine Rescue.

Pam Lewis (left) and her husband travelled cross country from Fremantle so the keen angler could compete in this year’s competition.

Pam Lewis (left) and her husband travelled cross country from Fremantle so the keen angler could compete in this year’s competition.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

All the action from the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition meet and great event.

Scott Henriksen won the opens game shark prize with this 120kg catch on day two of the competition.

Scott Henriksen won the opens game shark prize with this 120kg catch on day two of the competition.

Daniel McNamara (left) reeled in this 80kg shark in his third Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition.

Daniel McNamara (left) reeled in this 80kg shark in his third Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition.

The crew aboard ‘Viking’, (from left) David Colpo, Damian Foat, Shayla Foat, Reg Sandling and Jeff Peel, are thrilled to be on the water again.

The crew aboard ‘Viking’, (from left) David Colpo, Damian Foat, Shayla Foat, Reg Sandling and Jeff Peel, are thrilled to be on the water again.

Riverina visitors (from left) Pete Bridgeman, Nick Goodwin, Steve Commens, Greg Nugent and Noel Threlfall, jumped in their tinnies to catch a feed.

Riverina visitors (from left) Pete Bridgeman, Nick Goodwin, Steve Commens, Greg Nugent and Noel Threlfall, jumped in their tinnies to catch a feed.

James Knox went to the lead in the river flathead category on day two, snapping up this 1.334kg beauty in the Merimbula back lake.

James Knox went to the lead in the river flathead category on day two, snapping up this 1.334kg beauty in the Merimbula back lake.

Melbourne tourist Ben Corp and his mates stumbled upon the competition when he reeled in this 42.5kg marlin near Green Cape.

Melbourne tourist Ben Corp and his mates stumbled upon the competition when he reeled in this 42.5kg marlin near Green Cape.

Former club president Geoff McMahon blew any marlin competition out of the water, winning the opens section with this 120kg beauty.

Former club president Geoff McMahon blew any marlin competition out of the water, winning the opens section with this 120kg beauty.

Girls section winners: back (from left) Brooke Timms, Teri Robeison, April Paterson, Carly Street, Ashley Dowton and Emma Inge, and front: (from left) Zahara Smith, Kelela Weber and Hannah Guelfit.

Girls section winners: back (from left) Brooke Timms, Teri Robeison, April Paterson, Carly Street, Ashley Dowton and Emma Inge, and front: (from left) Zahara Smith, Kelela Weber and Hannah Guelfit.

Boys section winners: back (from left) Morgan Thornton, Jayden Ferguson, Rick Walker, Michael Cusack and Issac Smith, and front: (from left) Dylan Anderson, Brandon Boyce, Ethan Street, Patrick Dwyer and Flynn Carson.

Boys section winners: back (from left) Morgan Thornton, Jayden Ferguson, Rick Walker, Michael Cusack and Issac Smith, and front: (from left) Dylan Anderson, Brandon Boyce, Ethan Street, Patrick Dwyer and Flynn Carson.

Hundreds turned out for the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition prize draw and presentations on Satuday.

Hundreds turned out for the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition prize draw and presentations on Satuday.

Hundreds turned out for the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition prize draw and presentations on Satuday.

Hundreds turned out for the Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition prize draw and presentations on Satuday.

Ladies section winners: back: (from left) Jane Dallas-Hale, Shantelle Walker, Janette Rugg, Taylor Farrell, Helen Cameron and Anna Moreing, and front: (from left) Brenda Davey, Cherrie Climas and Sal Guthrie.

Ladies section winners: back: (from left) Jane Dallas-Hale, Shantelle Walker, Janette Rugg, Taylor Farrell, Helen Cameron and Anna Moreing, and front: (from left) Brenda Davey, Cherrie Climas and Sal Guthrie.

Opens section winners: back (from left) Scott Henriksen, Peter Gould, Geoff McMahon, Andrew Crook, Joe Da Silva, Luke Aldridge, Glenn Currie, Cornelius Bysterveld, Allan Atkins, Jason Hardy, Robert Cooper and Gordon Rugg, and front: (from left) Wayne Barry, Phillip Rugg, Corey Walker, Jeff Harrison, Kyran Crane, Mitchell Farrell and David Bond.

Opens section winners: back (from left) Scott Henriksen, Peter Gould, Geoff McMahon, Andrew Crook, Joe Da Silva, Luke Aldridge, Glenn Currie, Cornelius Bysterveld, Allan Atkins, Jason Hardy, Robert Cooper and Gordon Rugg, and front: (from left) Wayne Barry, Phillip Rugg, Corey Walker, Jeff Harrison, Kyran Crane, Mitchell Farrell and David Bond.

Melbourne visitor Mick Loebert was the winner of this year's Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition lucky prize draw!  Mick (centre) takes home this stunning Quintrex boat thanks to Fraser Marine manager Mark Stav (left), and fishing club president Bob Wilcox.

Melbourne visitor Mick Loebert was the winner of this year's Eden Amateur Fishing Club competition lucky prize draw! Mick (centre) takes home this stunning Quintrex boat thanks to Fraser Marine manager Mark Stav (left), and fishing club president Bob Wilcox.

April Paterson took out the girls leatherjacket section, after catching this 1.2kg fish.

April Paterson took out the girls leatherjacket section, after catching this 1.2kg fish.

Ken Johnson and his prized catch, a 3.780kg snapper.

Ken Johnson and his prized catch, a 3.780kg snapper.

Shantelle Watson won the dusky flathead section for ladies, bringing home this 2.322kg whopper.

Shantelle Watson won the dusky flathead section for ladies, bringing home this 2.322kg whopper.

Emma Inge with her winning 1.220kg bream.

Emma Inge with her winning 1.220kg bream.

Cornelius Bysterveld turned heads with this massive snapper, which tipped the scales at 6.978kg.

Cornelius Bysterveld turned heads with this massive snapper, which tipped the scales at 6.978kg.

Eden Amateur Fishing Club’s Gwen Bobbin looks on as this 120kg game shark, snapped up by Scott Henriksen, is weighed.

Eden Amateur Fishing Club’s Gwen Bobbin looks on as this 120kg game shark, snapped up by Scott Henriksen, is weighed.

Jason Hardy holds up the 21.1kg gummy shark he has entered in the opens section.

Jason Hardy holds up the 21.1kg gummy shark he has entered in the opens section.

Carly Street’s salmon came in just shy of 2kg.

Carly Street’s salmon came in just shy of 2kg.

Phil Stevenson snaffled this dusky flathead, which weighed in at 2.670kg.

Phil Stevenson snaffled this dusky flathead, which weighed in at 2.670kg.